This is Becky and Aileen’s wedding day at the truly amazing Ballintubbert House. I had a camera with me and I wasn’t afraid to use it.
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This was a wedding of firsts. My first time to shoot at the incredible Ballintubbert House which I have to say is without a doubt one of the best places I’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph in. The kind of place you could return to time and time again and never take photos in the same place. So much to see, so many hidden nooks and crannies and all of it so beautiful, homely, charming and full of character. I love it and I cannot wait to hopefully return one day soon.
It was also my first same-sex wedding and I am so thankful to Becky and Aileen for having the trust in me, in my approach and in style of photography to give them exactly the kind of images they hoped for. It was one of the most magical experiences I’ve ever witnessed and I truly mean that.
Some other firsts. The first time I’ve photographed a silent disco at a wedding. The first time I’ve still been shooting at 3am. The first time I’ve seen a bride take to the stage and perform a dance that would leave Beyonce questioning retirement. The first time I’ve almost taken as many photographs of dogs as I have humans. The first time I’ve photographed poop in a bathtub (one of the funniest moments in my wedding photography career).
Aside from the firsts. Here was my favourite moment.
I was asked to take a big group photo before dinner. I went to the top of the mound, the Indian tent behind the crowd. Becky and Aileen came to the front, everyone cheered and then all of a sudden, Becky and Aileen sprinted up the hill, a drum came out of nowhere (magic trick stuff) and from a massive speaker behind me “The Dog Days are Over” by Florence and the Machine belted out across the landscape. Everyone was cheering, clapping and singing at the top of their voices. Becky beat the drum in perfect synchronisation, the dogs went mental and then just like that without a moment’s warning they ran down the hill, through the crowd and lead everyone to the tent. Talk about goose pimples. As I write this those feeling of sheer happiness come flooding back and I’m there. I can’t begin to imagine what kind of high that was for the girls. Beyond mega.
Thank you so much to Becky and Aileen. Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for the most ridiculous amount of creative freedom. Thank you for welcoming me like a member of the family and thank you for providing me with so many beautiful moments filled with smiles, laughter and heaps of love. A day I’ll never forget.
Hair – Sarah Boyne
Makeup – Aidan Corcoran
Florist – Lorcan Burke AB FAB flowers Cellbridge
Both Wedding Dresses – Alice May Bridal
Headpieces- custom made by Michele at Atlantic Bridal.
Becky’s shoes – Piagetti.
Aileen’s shoes : Shoes of prey at BhLDN
Stationary – Printco, Baldoyle for table plan.
Ceremony & reception music: Dublin Gospel Choir
Reception sax: ‘DJ and Sax’
Caterer: Ali Davis Catering
Gin: Warner Edwards Gin (our best mates)
Wedding cake – Made by a close friend Antionette Rock.
Band: The Moogs (UNREAL by the way!)
Silent disco: headphonedisco.ie